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Winter 2024 Newsletter


Date: 9th January 2024

Preparing portfolios for resilience in 2024 - The past few years have been challenging for investors with a series of unforeseen events and rising geopolitical tensions weighing heavily on global markets and, as a new year dawns, many issues remain unresolved. However, while such times are disconcerting for investors, the best way to achieve financial empowerment is by sticking to a sound strategic plan that optimises investment decisions and thereby tackles any potential issues head on.

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Autumn Statement 2023


Date: 27th Novemeber 2023

On 22 November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt unveiled the government’s latest tax and spending plans saying “we back British business” announcing 110 growth measures which he said would boost business investment by £20bn a year. The Chancellor said the government had taken difficult decisions to put the economy “back on track” and claimed, “our plan for the British economy is working.” He also stressed that “the work is not done,” before outlining his package of measures which he said would cut business taxes, raise business investment and get more people into work.

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Autumn 2023 Newsletter


Date: 4th October 2023

Lifetime Allowance removal provides pension boost - Several months have passed since the Spring Budget, which, although not necessarily packed with good news stories, held one announcement that certainly did bring considerable cheer to higher rate taxpayers.

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Summer 2023 Newsletter


Date: 7th July 2023

Signs of optimism in global economy - Although the global economy continues to face significant headwinds, statistics released during the first few months of this year have revealed unexpected signs of resilience. This has led economists to begin upgrading growth forecasts, while the World Economic Forum’s latest Chief Economists Outlook reported signs of ‘nascent optimism.’

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A year in review


Date: 19th January 2023

No one could have anticipated how quickly events would unfold. It kicked off on a positive footing with a strengthening labour market and a growing global economy – gradually rebounding from the pandemic. It was then abruptly punctuated as geopolitical events took hold and dominated the rest of the year.

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Autumn Statement 2022


Date: 23rd November 2022

On 17 November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his fiscal plan to “tackle the cost-ofliving crisis and rebuild our economy” stating that the government’s three priorities are “stability, growth and public services.”

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Saving for your child's future


Date: 12th September 2022

Many parents give their children a flying financial start by saving or investing throughout their childhood. A new survey shows mothers typically take the lead in this area, while cash remains disproportionately popular.

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Tackling pension scams head on


Date: 18th August 2022

With pension scam losses totalling millions each year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling scams in order to ensure the long-term health of the pensions market.

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Protect your retirement from the risk of mental decline


Date: 29th July 2022

Retirement – that magical time when we can finally live our lifelong dreams. Increased life expectancy means that many of us can now expect a longer retirement, but this comes at a cost: the increasing prevalence of age-related cognitive decline, which could leave us vulnerable to costly financial errors.

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Sustainable and Ethical Investing


Date: 13th June 2022

Although the concept of ethical investing has been around for decades, interest in this sector has grown most rapidly in recent years traversed from niche products firmly into the mainstream. A key reason for this growth in popularity has been increased levels of consumer awareness across a range of social and environmental issues.

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Intergenerational Financial Planning


Date: 12th May 2022

In recent years, the existence of a generational wealth gap has become all too clear. Thanks to a combination of large gains in property and stock markets over the past few decades, and generous final salary pension schemes, the baby boom generation now hold over half of all UK private wealth.

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Tax Guide 2022-23 - Taxation at your fingertips


Date: 13th April 2022

Updated info, figures and rates on... Tax on residential property purchase, Capital Gains Tax (CGT), Personal Allowances, Income Tax Rates, National Insurance, Pension Allowances, Tax-free savings for individuals, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax (IHT) and State Pension entitlements.

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Investing for the long term – lessons from the past


Date: 16th March 2022

The emergence of COVID-19 brought a rapid end to the drawn-out recovery of major stock markets from the share price lows associated with the financial crisis a decade ago. When the scale of the threat to lives and livelihoods became apparent, market analysts and investors reassessed the global economic outlook and corporate prospects.

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Just 27% of new parents take out Life Insurance


Date: 20th May 2021

New parents are spending more than ever preparing for their baby’s arrival, research5 has revealed. According to the study, the average spend has increased more than 18% since 2012 and now stands at £1,645.

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What to watch out for when co-buying a property


Date: 11th May 2021

These days, homeownership is simply unaffordable for many young people. That’s why more and more aspiring buyers are deciding to co-buy a property with friends.

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House-moving day – the logistics


Date: 5th May 2021

With house-hunting, offers, surveys, legal searches, new schools and other pre-move essentials to fit around everyday life, there’s not always a lot of time to consider how moving day itself will pan out.

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Property Market – The Latest


Date: 10th Mar 2021

When the property market reopened in mid-May last year (2020), pent-up demand, combined with many people reassessing their housing needs following lockdown, led to a surge in buyer demand.

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Looking Forward To A Better Year


Date: 1st Mar 2021

Last January, as a new decade dawned, little did we know how the next 12 months would unfold. Now, as another year begins, there are growing shoots of optimism but, whatever the year does bring, a crucial lesson from 2020 is undoubtedly the need to prioritise financial wellbeing in order to ensure we can cope with life’s trials and tribulations.

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Glimmers of Hope for the New Year


Date: 27th Feb 2021

Over the past year, our vulnerabilities have been starkly exposed by coronavirus, and the pandemic continues to present an array of challenges on many different levels.

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How Much Space Can £231k Buy You?


Date: 25th Feb 2021

The increased time spent at home has prompted many of us to reflect on our living space and contemplate moving. Yet the amount of space you can get for your hard-earned cash varies widely by region.

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Put Your ISA on The Agenda in Q1


Date: 17th Feb 2021

With the end of the tax year fast approaching (Monday 5 April), if you have cash that you don’t need to access in the short term and would like to use some or all of this year’s ISA allowance, don’t leave it too late and risk missing out on this opportunity to save tax-efficiently...

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